Gawker Media sells Consumerist blog

December 30, 2008

Gawker Media announced that it has sold its Consumerist blog to Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. The blog, which is often an outlet for consumer complaints, will become a new division within the publisher. The current editorial staff is expected to remain, and there are no plans to change coverage, according to a report in The New York Times.

Gawker Media’s rolling layoffs continue

December 2, 2008

Gawker Media continues to trim its staff after a big layoff round in October, MediaBistro reported Tuesday. A few more members of the editorial staff have been let go, and a few others have been downgraded to part-time employees.

Valleywag gossip blog to fold into Gawker.com

November 14, 2008

Valleywag, is getting folded into Gawker.com. Gawker Media, which owns both properties, apparently is cutting some costs and working to build Gawker.com into a broader gossip site. This isn’t totally unexpected, considering Gawker Media said last month that Valleywag was dismissing two associate editors, plus a reporter – or 60 percent of its staff.

Gawker Media to lay off 14 percent of editorial staff

October 3, 2008

Gawker Media will be laying off 19 of its 133 editorial staffers, according to an internal e-mail from publisher Nick Denton. The company will be additionally suspending its bonus payments to writers and editors, but will be increasing their base pay and making some strategic hires at the company’s most successful blogs.

Buzznet Acquires Music Blog Idolator from Gawker Media

April 14, 2008

Buzznet is continuing its acquisition spree, snapping up the music blog Idolator from Nick Denton’s Gawker Media. The move follows Buzznet’s recent acquisitions of Stereogum and Qloud. Buzznet, a social network already noted for its focus on music and pop culture, appears set on using its funding for bringing in new content and users through acquisition. According to Compete, Idolator and Stereogum combine for around 300,000 visitors per month (US-only), with Buzznet claiming they are the #1 and #2 blogs in the music vertical. Certainly, Buzznet will be hoping to gain some sort of “network effect” by rolling up several similar properties into its own blog network.

Gawker Blasts Into Sci-Fi With New Blog, Io9

January 2, 2008

The new blog, launched is the latest addition to Gawker Media’s network of 15 blogs. Newitz, a former Wired News writer, edits and steers io9, whose contributors include Geoff Manaugh (founder of architecture blog BldgBlog), Graeme McMillan (of comic blog Newsarama), Kevin Kelly (contributor to Joystiq and Cinematical) and feminist retro-futuristic writer Lynn Peril